I Gufi

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I Gufi in Radiocorriere magazine, 1966.

I Gufi ("The Owls", also spelled just as Gufi) was an Italian musical and comedy ensamble, mainly successful in the second half of the 1960s.

Career[edit]

The group formed in Milan between 1963 and 1964, and debuted on stage with the show "I Gufi cantano due secoli di Resistenza" (i.e. "The Owls sing two centuries of resistance"). With a repertoire which mixed cabaret and songs and which was characterized by satirical themes and black humor, they had their breakout in 1966 with the show "Il teatrino dei Gufi" (i.e. "The little theater of the Owls"), with which they long toured across Italy. The same year they started appearing in a number of important RAI television shows.[1][2]

After undergoing a legal complaint for bad language for the song "Sant’Antonio allu desertu", from which they were acquitted, between 1967 and 1969 the group got further success with the shows "Non so, non ho visto, se c’ero dormivo" and "Non spingete, scappiamo anche noi". Following the album Il Balilla, in 1971 the group disbanded because of some personal conflicts among the members, and they pursued some solo careers. They briefly reunited in 1981 for a series of television appearances.[1][2]

Personnel[edit]

  • Roberto Brivio (Milan, 21 February 1938) - guitar, accordion and vocals.
  • Gianni Magni (Milan, 16 May 1941 – Milan, 16 July 1992) - vocals.
  • Lino Patruno (Crotone, 27 October 1935) - guitar, banjo, bass and vocals.
  • Nanni Svampa (Milan, 28 February 1938 - Varese, 26 August 2017) - guitar, piano and vocals.

Discography[edit]

Albums
  • 1965 - Milano canta
  • 1965 - Il cabaret dei Gufi
  • 1965 - I Gufi cantano due secoli di resistenza
  • 1966 - Il teatrino dei Gufi
  • 1966 - I Gufi
  • 1966 - Milano canta n° 2
  • 1966 - Il teatrino dei Gufi n°. 2
  • 1967 - Il cabaret dei Gufi n. 2
  • 1967 - Il teatrino dei Gufi in TV
  • 1967 - Non so non ho visto se c'ero dormivo
  • 1968 - Milano canta n°. 3
  • 1968 - Il cabaret dei Gufi, vol. 3
  • 1969 - Non spingete, scappiamo anche noi
  • 1971 - La Balilla
  • 1981 - I Gufi

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Enzo Giannelli. "Gufi". Gino Castaldo (ed.). Dizionario della canzone italiana. Curcio Editore, 1990.
  2. ^ a b Enrico Deregibus. Dizionario completo della Canzone Italiana. Giunti Editore, 2010. ISBN 8809756258.

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